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Rajya Sabha defeat should not be considered as lack of opposition unity: Sonia Gandhi

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New Delhi | United People Alliance (UPA) chairman Sonia Gandhi on Thursday stated that the defeat of BK Hariprasad for the post of deputy chairman in Rajya Sabha is not be considered as the lack of unity in the opposition.

Speaking to reporters Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi said, “Sometimes we win and sometimes we lose.” However, when media reporters asked whether the Opposition unity was falling apart, Gandhi replied, “No…why?”

Earlier today Janta Dal-United Rajya Sabha MP and NDA’s candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh was declared as the new Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha. Singh got 125 votes out of 332 votes while his opponent and Congress MP BK Hariprasad got 105 votes. Parties like YSRCP, Aam Aadmi Party and PDP were absent from the voting procedure. The JD(U) MP got support from NDA allies like Shiv Sena, Akali Dal along with regional parties like AIADMK, BJD and TRS.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Singh on his appointment.”I congratulate Harivansh ji on behalf of the whole house. He has been blessed with the talent of writing. He was also a favourite of former PM Chandra Shekhar ji,” said PM Modi.

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PM Modi not declaring Kerala floods as a ‘National Disaster’ to use funds for self-promotion: Congress

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New Delhi | The Congress Party on Monday alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi of playing politics at the times of humanitarian crisis in Kerala.

Addressing a Press Conference, Congress leader and Supreme Court lawyer Jaiveer Shergill alleged that the State of Kerala requested Rs. 2000 crore for the relief work, however, the Central government just announced Rs. 500 crore relief package for the state.

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his extensive media coverage, the Congress leader questioned that a large-heartedness of PM Modi is only shown in his self-publicity. When he can spend ₹5000 Cr for his advertisements then why did he give only ₹500Cr to Kerala?” He further alleged that PM Modi is not declaring Kerala Floods as a National Disaster so as to prevent utilising the Contingency funds and instead use it for his self-promotion.

Alleging PM Modi of a step-motherly treatment towards Kerala, Shergill said,”The step-motherly treatment to Kerala by PM Modi proves that he does not believe in cooperative federalism.”

The Congress party further questioned that why is PM Modi not declaring Kerala Floods as a National Disaster? “By declaring it as a National Disaster fund by Central and State government in the ratio of 3:1 will be released for relief measures,” added Congress.

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We are not in favour of Sidhu hugging Pakistan Army chief: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

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Chandigarh | Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday clarified that the Congress party is not in favour of its minister Navjot Singh Sindhu hugging Pakistan’s Army Chief during the oath-taking ceremony of Cricketer turned Politician Imran Khan as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Speaking to media, Amarinder Singh said, “It was wrong for him (Navjot Singh Sidhu)to have shown the affection towards the Pakistan Army Chief,  I am not in its favour of this act.” He further added that “Everyday our jawans are getting martyred. To hug their Chief General Bajwa…I am against this. The fact is that the man should understand that our soldiers are being killed everyday.”

Criticising Sidhu for his act Amarinder Singh said, “To say that ‘I don’t know General Bajwa’…it is written on their uniform. That’s wrong for him (Sidhu) to have shown the affections he did for the Pakistan Army Chief.” Holding Bajwa responsible for the death of Indian soldiers at the LOC Amarinder Singh said, “My own regiment lost 1 Major & 2 jawans a few months ago & everyday somebody is being shot & whether the man who pulled the trigger is to blame or the man who gives the order which is the chief, and the chief is General Bajwa.”

However, when asked about Sidhu being sited next to the President of Pakistan’s Kashmir Masood Khan, Singh said that maybe he (Sidhu) didn’t know who he was. He further stated that the Punjab government has nothing to do with Sidhu attending the oath ceremony of Imran Khan as he went there in his personal capacity.

Responding to the controversy of sitting next to POK President, Cricketer turned Politician Navjot Singh Sidhu said that, “If you’re invited as a guest of honour somewhere, you sit wherever you are asked to. I was sitting somewhere else but they asked me to sit there”. When asked about him hugging Pakistan Army Chief General Bajwa, Sidhu said,” If someone (Pak Army Chief General Bajwa) comes to me & says that we belong to the same culture & we’ll open Kartarpur border on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th Prakash Parv, what else I could do?”

The Punjab minister was criticised by the opposition for visiting Pakistan and hugging Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa during the oath ceremony of Imran Khan. BJP leader and Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij termed Sidhu’s participation in the ceremony as an “act of disloyalty” towards India which “will not be endorsed by any patriotic citizen” of the country. While another BJP leader Shwait Malik demanded an apology from him for the “unacceptable act.”

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Patidar leader Hardik Patel detained in Ahmedabad

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Ahmedabad | Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Sunday was detained by the Ahmedabad Crime Branch ahead of his participation in a hunger strike.

Hardik Patel was traveling to the Nikol assembly constituency in Ahmedabad along with other Patidar leaders where he was supposed to hold a 1-day hunger strike demanding reservation for the Patidar community. Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader was earlier requested Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani to allow the patidar leader to hold a one day protest. However, the local authorities denied permission to Hardik Patel to observe any kind of protest.

Earlier attacking the BJP government over denial of permission to hold a protest, Patel in a tweet said, “Everyone has the right to agitate in a constitutional way but in Gujarat BJP government prevents us from mobilizing the agitation.We are deprived of our rights by the BJP government but we will not sit quietly, we will fight and win.”


Responding to his arrest, Patel alleged that the state government has deployed more than 200 policemen near his house. “The police arrested more than 130 protesters and 58 agitators were kept under house arrest at his residence just to stop us,” he added.

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